Josie is 10-years-old, studying three years above her grade level in the Kumon Program. In fact, she’s studying the same math material that her mom, who is an eighth grade teacher, teaches her students. Imagine that, a 10-year-old transforming equations, working with linear functions and simplifying monomials and polynomials. She’s well on her way to advanced algebraic expressions and she isn’t even in middle school yet.
One of the things that Josie likes most about Kumon is the fact that she’s studying above her grade level.
“Kumon gives me confidence because I know how strong of a student it has made me,” says Josie. “I know that I can do and learn anything if I do the work and practice daily. Kumon has taught me about the importance of focusing and to not be afraid of challenges, but to enjoy them and work through them because I know I can overcome anything.”
Josie embodies everything that Toru Kumon had in mind when he founded the Kumon Method. He felt that students would experience the true benefits of the Kumon Method if they acquired the study habits necessary for self-learning and advanced study.
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"The benefits of Kumon begin to shine through almost immediately. The early stages of the program allowed me to become confident and able in mental arithmetic, which school teachers and classmates soon picked up on. Learning topics at Kumon beyond what was being taught in school made classroom lessons more relaxed and gave me the chance to showcase what I knew, not to mention undoubtedly contributed to me receiving the school math award in Year 6.
Kumon also taught me the ability to learn independently; a skill I found useful not just for math but other subjects also. The drive to complete worksheets on a daily basis was not always easy and support from parents and my Instructor was therefore invaluable (if perhaps not fully appreciated at times)!”
-William M. (Completed the Math Program after 9 years at the age of 18.)
“I feel Kumon really helped with my education and maybe even my career in the future. At the same time it was a massive challenge, but I like challenges. Kumon really pushed me to be the best I could be at what I was doing. I now have the confidence of achieving high level math and will most probably experience great opportunities in the future thanks to Kumon.”
-Kran R. (Completed the Math Program after 9 years at the age of 14.)